Winter is quickly approaching in Columbus, Ohio, and that means it’s time to prepare for lower temperatures and higher energy bills. If your home isn’t properly insulated, you could be paying more than you need to due to unnecessary heat loss. Avoid higher energy bills this season by hiring an experienced construction and remodeling company to install new insulation or replace the old insulation in your home. Many people know the importance of insulating their home, but they don’t know where to start. We have the answers for you.
Here are the answers to 5 of the most common home insulation questions:
#1 What Kind of Home Insulation Should I Install?
Home insulation varies by type and material. Each type has unique applications for different areas of your home:
Blown-in/Loose Fill Insulation
Loose fill insulation is fiberglass or cellulose that is blown into place with pneumatic equipment. This type of insulation is ideal for hard-to-reach areas like attics and wall cavities.
Insulation batts are precut sections of fiberglass or rock wool, and they’re designed for easy installation between framing like wall studs and joists. Batts can also be used in floors, walls, attics, and ceilings.
Insulation rolls are long sheets of insulation that are useful for attics, floors, and other large areas where you need to cover a lot of ground.
Foam Board Insulation
Foam board insulation are rigid panels of polystyrene or polyurethane that can insulate any part of your home.
Spray Board Insulation
Spray board insulation is a latex or polyurethane spray that is ideal for insulating doors, windows, and vents. It sets quickly and can be trimmed, painted, and stained.
#2 Which Areas of my Home Are the Most Important to Insulate?
The most important areas of your home to insulate are your attic, outer walls, and crawl space. These are the areas that are most susceptible to heat loss, which leads to higher energy bills. You can also insulate your water heater and wrap your hot water pipes with tubular insulation to prevent energy loss and freezing during the winter months.
#3 How Much Insulation Do I Need?
The amount of insulation you need depends on:
- The size of your home
- The climate where you live
- The type of heating and cooling system you have
- The type of insulation you’re using
- The size of your family
Since there are so many factors that play into how much insulation you need, the easiest way to calculate your home’s needs is to get a whole-house energy assessment. An experienced professional will come to your home, take measurements, and help you determine how much insulation you need or if your existing insulation needs replaced.
#4 What is R-Value?
R-value is the measurement of an insulation’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. The R-value depends on the type, thickness, and density of your insulation. If you have multilayered insulation, you can calculate the R-value by adding the values of the individual layers. Keep in mind that proper installation is also a major factor that contributes to your insulation’s effectiveness.
If you need help insulating your home this winter, contact an experienced construction and remodeling company in Columbus, Ohio. The contractors at Wingler Construction can help you insulate your home this winter and give you advice on other ways to lower your energy costs. Call us at (614) 215-9038 or visit us online at https://winglerconstruction.com/.